Indiana is the 21st most connected state in the U.S. Connectivity across the state is more or less average when compared to other states, though many counties are still lacking in internet coverage. The average reported speed in the state was 66.9 Mbps.
The Digital Divide in Indiana
Indiana has a total of 245 internet providers. There are currently 666,000 people in Indiana without access to a wired connection capable of 25 Mbps download speeds. Another 718,000 people in Indiana have access to only one wired provider, with no other options to switch. Lastly, 265,000 people in Indiana don’t have any wired internet providers available where they live at all.
Our most recent data reveals that 53.4% of Hoosiers have access to a wired low price plan of $60 or less. 89.1% of Hoosiers have access to wired broadband speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. 87.5% of Hoosiers have access to broadband 100 Mpbs or faster. When it comes to 1-gigabit broadband, 24.9% of Hoosiers have access to this.
In Indiana, the best-connected cities are Fort Wayne, South Bend, Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Evansville. Fort Wayne ranks the highest in the state in terms of connectivity. 98% of residents have access to wired broadband.
In the past decade, millions of dollars have been put towards improving the broadband infrastructure for Hoosiers across Indiana. Since 2010, the Indiana Broadband Mapping Project has been awarded over 3.2 million dollars in federal grants for Indiana’s Broadband Initiative. In addition to that, another 39.3 million dollars was awarded to various broadband infrastructure projects in Indiana. Since 2011, access to a wired connection of at least 10 Mbps has improved from 86.6% to 93.7% of Hoosiers.